Roger Allers was born in 1949 in New York. He grew up in Scottsdale in Arizona and became hooked on animation when he saw Disney’s “Peter Pan” at the impressionable age of 5. He then studied fine arts at the Arizona State University; and after earning his degree, he spent two years traveling and living in Europe. In 1973 he decided to focus on animation. He collaborated on the “Tron” (1982) – the first film to feature computer animation. He also co-wrote Disney tales such as “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Alladin” (1992) and “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000). He gained international recognition with his feature film (in collaboration with Bob Mikoff) “The Lion King” (1994), which has won several awards all over the world (including two Oscars).